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Book Display Stand

As always, completion of one project leads to a hundred more.  While filling the display case, I realized I need a few things to better display some items.  I have a few books I bought off of Etsy (made by Mille Cuirs) that I want to display, but I could not find a suitable display stand so I created my own using some oak and a broken 3/8″ thick glass shelf I happen to have laying about.  The glass was supposed to be trash, but now that I realized I can cut it, i’ll keep it.

Book Display Stand -combo

I want to do something with the rear base.  I thought of painting it black, but that seems too simple.  Perhaps add a tapper to narrow the width?

I have one more book by Mille I want to display and the above look is equally suitable so its display stand will be pretty much the same except smaller.

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Nyarlathotep Bloody Tongue Avatar

DSCN0499 - CopyHere’s my first attempt at tooling soapstone.  Overall it came out well.  The praying hands are a bit off.  It is inspired by Bruce Attley’s Nyarlathotep (Crawling Chaos) statue.

I hope to sculpt a few more (with much better photographs).  This took about two months of spare time so doing an Azathoth, Shub-Niggurath, and Yog-Sothoth sculpt seems possible.

Thanks for looking.

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Leather Necronomicon Purchase


Here is a recent and first purchase from Etsy.  It is quite nice and well done.  The pages measure 5.5″ x 8.5″ and is about 2″ thick with over 250 individual leafs (I counted 50 pages and then guesstimate.



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Steampunk Lamp Man Sculpture

Here is my interpretation of the pipe man lamp sculpture.  The red valve handle turns the lamp on and off.  The dangling, lowered leg rotates up under the cocked leg to allow the lamp to sit on flat surfaces.

EDITED – I just installed the larger 4.5 inch bulbs.  It is only a 40watt bulb which allows me to use it without being blinded.  Also, I find the larger bulb more visually appealing.  (Lamp) Pipe Man with 4.5in bulb

I’ve decided to name him, Ferrous Bueller.

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Warhammer Border Princes Map Tapestry

Here’s the current state of the sewing project.  Games Workshop scrapped the Warhammer universe completely meaning this might never be used again.  However, Kings of War (by Mantic Games) is gaining popularity so fingers crossed.


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Steampunk Bookshelves

Edited (4-19-16)

Here’s this past weekend’s project.  It is a gas pipe and pine wood 2″ x 10″ bookcase that is 4 foot wide.  It allows 8 foot of storage floor to ceiling.  DSCN0412 It was about $300 USD in materials, but it is 250% bigger than the case I was looking to replace so it still was less than purchasing the equivalent shelf space in new book cases.  Here we see my inpatients as the shelves are still wet and the pipes (while scrubbed clean) have yet to be coated.  I plan on using clear spray paint since I prefer the metal gray to the black color recommended by many D.I.Y. sites.


A flange and a small pipe nipple act as the feet.  with a 2″ threaded pipe nipple in the wood hole.  A connector is screwed in place at both sides of the 2″ nipple.  By the time the 12″ pipe and top and bottom connectors are added, there is about a 14″ clearance.  At the second shelf from the bottom, I used a tee split connector allowing me to attach the lower portion to the wall.  Two flanges and a short pipe attach to a 1″x4″ which allows me to screw the board into wall studs at whatever locations are necessary.  I used the same method at the top.

(Added 4-19-16)

Well, it took a month to get the cage lights from China, but they finally arrived.  Two 60 watt LED bulbs brighten the entire room.

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Finished: Steampunk Rangefinder

Rangefinder (Front-Back)

Not a whole lot different than the last pictures. It had more work remaining than I thought, but then, I did add some unexpected details.

DSCN0189 Rangefinder Lens Detail

The goggles were originally going to be a large, single leather mask, but it covered too much of the back (and I was too impatient to let the leather shape correctly). Instead, I decided to make these: my first ever attempt at “Steampunk goggles”. They are smaller than I’d hoped and they cover more of the rear lens’ details than expected.

From the rear, the frog-eyed ends lacked interest and had “CFI” stamped into the back. One of the few things I glued was the black painted copper plate which works (at least in my eye). The damn things arrived with a single hole (presumably for jewelry making) punched into the top so I had to add brass tacks

After 7 hours of attempts at etching, I finally settled on the crosshairs shown here. Not quite as clean as I hoped, but alright overall. I can always redo them in the future since they are only attached by a single bolt from underneath.

I’ll probably touch up the rangefinder in the future, but for now, the project is complete.

I’ve yet to come up with ideas for scopes except I know I want one long and one short and they should be interchangable between guns.

The gathering of hardware for the other projects is nearly complete. I’m switching over to aluminum from steel for the carbine parts. It’s easier and faster to work and I found a way to do a “cold anodizing” effect so it can still be black.

Anyways, thanks for reading.

Rangefinder Front Detail

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